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Abia Warriors, El-Kanemi battle moved to Mobolaji Johnson Arena Lagos

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the grand finale of this year’s Federation Cup will now take place at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena,…

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the grand finale of this year’s Federation Cup will now take place at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos on Saturday, 29th June.

Earlier scheduled for the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja (which would have seen the city host the final for the first time in the competition’s history), the NFF and GTI announced yesterday they have opted for the good old venue on Lagos Island, which hosted the final of the competition consecutively between 1945 and 1972.

First known as Association Ground, then as King George V and later as Lagos City Ground, the venue later became known as Onikan Stadium after it was rebuilt in the 1980s. It became known as Mobolaji Johnson Arena in 2021.

The last grand finale to take place at the famous venue was also a memorable one. In 1972, Bendel Insurance FC led Mighty Jets FC 2-0 before two late goals by the late Sam Garba Okoye tied the game, and it had to be replayed two days later at the Liberty Stadium (now known as the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium), Ibadan.

Apart from the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on the waterfront, the City of Lagos has hosted several other finals of the competition now known as President Federation Cup.

This year’s grand finale will see Rivers Angels confront Naija Ratels in the women’s event, while Abia Warriors take on El-Kanemi Warriors in the men’s event.

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